Australian Museum Journal Underwater observations on sea snake behaviour

Shortform:
Heatwole et al., 1978, Rec. Aust. Mus. 31(18): 737–761
Author(s):
Heatwole, Harold F.; Minton, Sherman A.; Taylor, Ron; Taylor, Valerie
Year published:
1978
Title:
Underwater observations on sea snake behaviour
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
31
Issue:
18
Start page:
737
End page:
761
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.31.1978.219
Language:
English
Date published:
31 December 1978
Cover date:
31 December 1978
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
REPTILIA; OCEAN: INDIAN; OCEAN: PACIFIC; ECOLOGY, MARINE
Digitized:
24 December 2008
Available online:
02 March 2009
Reference number:
219
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (72kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (7221kb PDF)

Abstract

Sea snakes forage on the bottom but often bring prey to the surface to swallow. Surface activity not exclusively associated with feeding or breathing, sometimes occurs, especially at night. The skin is usually shed entire; it is loosened by rubbing against coral, curling and knotting or expanding the body. Courtship consists of the male swimming above the female and slightly behind her and then later pressing his body against hers while she rests on the sea bottom. Other topics are briefly discussed.

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